To comply with Federal Aviation Regulations Part 107, UAV operators must be aware of and follow the newly updated regulations for commercial usage. The changes are highlighted below:
· A UAV operator must have visual line of sight (VLOS) of their aircraft at all times (no binoculars).
· Operate in daylight or twilight only with appropriate anticollision lighting (30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset).
· Cannot operate over people, inside a structure, or from a moving vehicle unless in a sparsely populated area.
· UAV operator must obtain a remote pilot airman certificate by passing an aeronautical knowledge test at an approved FAA testing center.
· The pilot in command of the UAV must make the craft available to the FAA for inspection upon request.
Mark Connot, of Fox Rothschild, LLP, of Las Vegas, Nevada, urges all builders who opt to operate their own UAVs to sit down with their insurance broker to update various aspects of their insurance coverage. Areas to consider are liability, personal injury, privacy torts, property, and worker’s compensation.